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Memorable Monday: The Big Rig Rule rolls on

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

We’re on to Memorable Monday number four here at Inside the Senate and today, in honour of the fourth edition of this segment, we’ll be taking a fitting look at what may be the most remarkable phenomenon in all of Ottawa: The Big Rig Rule.

As we now know, if Chris Phillips scores a goal for the Sens you may as well call it a win then and there.

The 2013 season was a banner year for The Big Rig Rule. Phillips scored five goals in 48 games this season and, when he hit the back of the net, the Sens were a perfect 5-0-0. Goals came on:

January 24 at Florida: Sens win 3-1.

January 30 vs. Montreal: Sens win 5-1

February 5 vs. Buffalo: Sens win 4-3

March 16 vs. Buffalo: Sens win 4-3

March 25 vs. New Jersey: Sens win 3-2

The nicest goal of the five came arguably came against Montreal in January. With the Sens buzzing in Montreal’s zone, Phillips puts a shot on goal from the point. Chris Neil, Colin Greening and Zack Smith all get a whack in tight before the puck trickles out.

With some room to breathe, Smith pokes the puck back to Phillips just inside the faceoff dot and he blasts a heavy shot past Montreal’s Peter Budaj.

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After his five goals this season the Sens have improved to 51-11-4 all-time when Chris Phillips scores, bringing the team’s win percentage in those games to .828. He now has 70 goals in his career.


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